The South African government has postponed its National Science Week, to a date in August yet to be finalized.
The country’s Department of Science and Technology said this followed a request by stakeholders in the industry for the postponement, after the event was originally scheduled for 9 to 16 May of this year.
The department said in a statement: “After careful consideration of requests by some of the stakeholders, the Department of Science and Technology has postponed National Science Week (NSW) to August. NSW was scheduled to take place countrywide from 9 to 16 May, as advertised in the media. The precise dates will be confirmed shortly. The Department apologizes for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by the change of dates.”
The Department said it is in the process of developing a model that will deliver National Science Week to a broader target audience in the next cycle, from 2010 to 2018.
Approximately 80 organisations, including science centres, higher education institutions and national research facilities have been awarded small grants to organise National Science Week activities in different parts of the country.